Savills | Rossie Priory, Inchture, Perth, Perth and Kinross, PH14 9SG | Property for sale
237 Ac(95.91 Ha)
Price on application

Rossie PrioryInchture, Perth, Perth and Kinross, PH14 9SG

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • About 237 acres (96 ha) in total
  • 4 reception rooms, 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms
  • Integral 3 bedroom self contained house
  • Two cottages
  • Glorious gardens and grounds
  • Outstanding policies and surrounding woodland
  • Paddocks and attractive arable land

IMPOSING HISTORIC COUNTRY HOUSE IN A BEAUTIFUL DESIGNED LANDSCAPE

About this property

  • The property for sale extends to 237 acres and comprises the mansion house known as Rossie Priory set in magnificent policies and fine gardens together with surrounding farmland and woodland. Included in the sale is the private Chapel, End House, Stable Cottage and Knapp Lodge.

    The estate is bounded to the east by the original estate wall within which the Rossie Burn flows through the den before joining the Lochspout Burn which forms the southern boundary. The western boundary which incorporates the walled garden is undefined following paths and tracks through the estate woodlands. Rossie Priory occupies an elevated position overlooking a designed landscape of wonderful parkland against a backdrop of beautiful trees which include many fine specimens.

    Notwithstanding the easy and ready access by road, rail and air, Rossie Priory is a wonderful retreat from which to escape the pressures of both city and modern day life. Despite its rather formal and grand appearance, Rossie Priory is an extremely inviting and comfortable family home.

    HISTORICAL & ARCHITECTURAL NOTE - Originally part of the much larger estate, Rossie Priory was commissioned and completed in 1807 by the 7th & 8th Barons of Kinnaird and designed in a Regency Gothic style by the architect William Atkinson and has remained in the Kinnaird family ever since. Constructed of red stone under a slated roof, the most attractive external architectural features are reflected throughout the interior of the house reminding one of its history as described in its time as "one of the finest houses in Scotland". After the WW2, the greater part of Rossie Priory was taken down to create a more manageable house which was reconfigured and altered by Sir Basil Spence. In essence what remains today is the original entrance and west wing. The garden terrace is sited on the foundations of the original house.

    ROSSIE PRIORY - The house is approached by the main south drive which sweeps through the larger estate's farmland. After crossing the Lochspout Burn the drive continues through its own policy woodlands before climbing gently as the views over the parkland are unveiled to a large gravel parking area in front of Rossie Priory.

    The entrance to Rossie Priory is situated in the original carriage driveway. The entrance to the Chapel and its associated rooms lies immediately opposite. The flag stone floored entrance hall leads into a spacious reception hall which is lit from above by an impressive large cupola. The main reception rooms are located off the reception hall and include an elegant Drawing Room, a double aspect Sitting Room and the impressive panelled Dining Room with hidden bookcase door and direct access to the servery and kitchen. The double height Picture Gallery makes for a versatile space for entertaining, both formal and informal, off which access can be taken to the paved Summer Garden which enjoys the afternoon sunshine. As with other large houses of this period it benefits from a myriad of rooms (such as laundry, drying room, large pantry, Butler's pantry, larders and basement wine cellars) which were once used to serve large house parties but today provide useful and enviable space and storage. In keeping with more modern times there is a large open plan dining kitchen with four oven AGA and living area which leads via a French window to a terrace on the east side of the house. At the end of the east corridor is a large flag stone floored Games Room ideal for snooker table, table tennis and fishing rods as well as an entrance door leading to The End House.

    The elegant staircase leads to the galleried first floor landing off which there are four distinct "zones": the principal bedroom suite with family or east wing beyond; the north wing and the west or guest wing. This makes for a very flexible arrangement allowing the guest wing to be closed off when not in use leaving a contained family area. The principal bedroom suite comprises a large double aspect bedroom with two bathrooms and two dressing rooms (one with extensively fitted cupboards). There are four "family" bedrooms (one en suite bathroom) and a bathroom off the east hallway that leads to a rear staircase. The "north wing" is made up of a suite of rooms which include a sitting room, bedroom (known as The Tower Bedroom), dressing room/2nd bedroom and bathroom. The guest wing which sits above the Chapel rooms comprises three bedrooms all en suite bathrooms, two further bedrooms and bathroom. A short flight of stairs leads to an attic room. Off the inner vestibule leading to the Chapel are two reception rooms, a fitted kitchen and shower room. An internal flight of steps lead from the vestibule up to the Chapel.

Local information

  • Rossie Priory lies in the Carse of Gowrie in a sheltered private position in the lee of Rossie Hill. From its elevated position overlooking a beautiful designed landscape, the house enjoys panoramic views southwards over the Firth of Tay to the rolling hills of North Fife.
  • Rossie Priory is conveniently situated between Dundee (9 miles) and Perth (14 miles) being readily accessible via the A90 dual carriageway which links into the central Scotland motorway network at Perth (M90 & M9) bringing both Edinburgh (and its airport (53 miles)) and Glasgow (73 miles) within easy reach. The A90 also affords swift and easy access northwards to Aberdeen (74 miles).
  • Dundee, once famed for its "jam, jute and journalism" has grown in stature as a leading UK tech hub and centre for biotechnology and life sciences based around its universities (Dundee and Abertay) and the prominent teaching hospital of Ninewells. Most recently the V & A opened a new museum on the regenerated waterfront in the heart of the city. Dundee also boasts a small regional airport with a daily service to London City Airport.
  • Perth offers an alternative selection of professional services, shops, cultural and leisure facilities including Scotland's most northerly racecourse nestled in the parklands of Scone Palace. There are several private primary and secondary schools all within easy daily driving distance of Rossie Priory: Craigclowan (preparatory only); Dundee High School; St Leonards; Glenalmond, Strathallan and Kilgraston. On the other side of the Firth of Tay, in the Kingdom of Fife lies the historic university town of St Andrews (23 miles) known as "The Home of Golf" with the famous Old Course, venue for The Open in 2022, in addition to numerous links courses in the surrounding area.
  • The estate is ideally positioned to take advantage of all that Scotland has to offer. For the traditional country sportsman there is fishing on many salmon rivers including the River Tay; and stalking, grouse and pheasant shooting on one of the many estates in Perthshire or Angus Glens a short drive away. The Grampian hills to the north offer spectacular walking and climbing and the opportunity to ski when conditions are favourable. There are numerous golf courses in the area within easy reach including Carnoustie and Gleneagles. For cricketing enthusiasts, the Rossie Priory Cricket Club is very close by.

Additional information

  • GARDENS & GROUNDS - The designed landscape of Rossie Priory was laid out between 1800 and 1833 and is a particular feature of the estate creating an exceptionally private setting. The surrounding grounds encompass formal gardens, wonderful woodland walkways with magnificent specimen trees and the cricket ground which is one of the oldest in Scotland and still in regular use by the Rossie Priory Cricket Club. It is hoped this tradition will continue with a change in custodianship.
  • WALLED GARDEN - Grand 19th century wrought-iron gates form the entrance to the main walled garden which contains rich deep soil in which to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house in optimal climatic conditions. The walled garden is divided into two distinct parts, the main (top) and the lower walled gardens, by a high brick wall. The lower garden is now grassed and will be retained along with The Garden House and Garden Cottage which are specifically excluded from the sale.
  • LAND - Rossie Priory is surrounded by about 76 acres of mature deciduous and softwood trees which enhance the privacy of the estate and can be enjoyed from the enchanting woodland walks which follow trails and tracks throughout. Red squirrels are often seen in addition to a variety of native woodland birds. The Rossie Burn has cut a deep ravine through the Rossie Den and tumbles below a small stone bridge. Enclosed grass fields to the front and rear of Rossie Priory (23 acres and 11 acres respectively) provide grazing for horses or perhaps a small herd of pedigree cattle or sheep. The arable land (99 acres) is of exceptional quality and is suited to potato and cereal production and could be easily let on a seasonal cropping basis if desired.
  • ADDITIONAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES & OUTBUILDINGS:
  • Stable Courtyard & Stable Cottage - Adjoining the Chapel and forming an impressive quadrangle stands the original Stable Block complete with clock tower. Constructed of stone under a slate roof the original stalls with adjacent tack and feed rooms form the northern side of the courtyard. On the western side is Stable Cottage which comprises sitting room, kitchen, three bedrooms and one bathroom over two floors. The former carriage houses now provide functional garaging with a series of stores ideal for garden and estate equipment, cars, workshops and tool sheds on the opposite two sides. To the rear of the main house are the remains of the former Laundry Cottage and lying adjacent another building which is currently used as a studio.
  • Knapp Lodge - Situated at the entrance to the Knapp or East Drive, Knapp Lodge is of red sandstone construction under a slate roof and is surrounded by an enclosed well maintained garden. The accommodation comprises two reception rooms, two bedrooms and a bathroom over two floors.
  • End House - Accessed via its own main door on the east side of Rossie Priory or internally from the main house, the End House offers self-contained accommodation of a newly fitted kitchen, sitting room, three bedrooms and a bathroom ideal for a live-in member of staff or could be independently let on a holiday or long term basis.
  • Directions: From Perth follow the A90 towards Dundee. After 14 miles turn off at the junction signposted for Longforgan. Take first left at the mini roundabout (do not go under underpass) and immediately left again following signs to Knapp. After 0.7 miles take first left on to private road and continue through the large gates. Follow the south drive through the parkland bearing right after the cricket ground to the gravel parking area in front of Rossie Priory. The postcode (for sat nav purposes) is PH14 9SG.
  • EPC Rating = F
  • Tenure = Freehold